If yoga is meditation in motion, then swimming laps is equivalent to lying under a willow tree on a sunny day with a soft breeze, and examining life in deep contemplation. My gym membership turned 5 months old this month and not once had I swam laps before this past week. What held me back? 1.) After moving to my new home I couldn’t find my goggles or sporty swim suit. 2.) I had this terrible thought in my mind that swimming laps at 6 a.m. = cold. I didn’t like that thought so much.
My internal battle went something like this:
“Shawnee, you need to go swimming.”
“But I don’t have my goggles or swim suit and it’s cold!”
“It’s only cold for a minute.”
“But that’s a whole minute.”
This argument went on for months, five of them to be exact! Finally, level-headed Shawnee won the argument. I am so glad she did. Thanks pal! Last week, I broke down and bought some goggles. However, I still can’t find my suit, so I opted for wearing a classy flowery one instead. My first swim followed Zumba last week, which will probably become a weekly tradition. The second swim happened this morning.
But I had a problem this a.m. I drank a whole cup of coffee before the swim and I am pretty sure I didn’t drink any water!!! After 15 minutes of swimming I felt totally woozy, light headed and my head pounded incessantly. I am sure your first thought is food. But I did eat a graham cracker before going. I am normally ok without eating until after my workout. I am pretty sure it was the coffee.
What are some exercise problems/dilemmas you’ve experienced lately? Anything we can all learn from?
Tuesday (approx 1570 cal. and 52 grams of fat):
Breakfast: 2 pieces toast, w/ 1 tbsp PB & 1tbsp. natural jam, ½ c yogurt and 1 serv. fruit
Snack: 1 serv. Fruit
Lunch: 1 c. left over stir fry veggies, ½ c. rice w/ ½ chicken breast
Snack: Tuna stuffed green pepper (1/2 green pepper stuffed with ½ can tuna and 1 tbsp light may with olive oil, topped with 1 oz cheese)
Dinner: Spinach, Pasta and Walnut Salad (See Recipe) , 1 c. milk
–Shawnee, The Ex-Perfectionist
‘Cause life isn’t perfect, but with a little planning and preparation, you can almost come close!